Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland & Labrador (PLIAN) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating Newfoundlanders and Labradorians about legal issues. We are the Newfoundland and Labrador component of Public Legal Education Association of Canada (PLEAC). This national association is a network of legal education societies. PLIAN is funded by Justice Canada, the Law Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador.
PLIANs mandate is to provide public legal education and information services with the intent of increasing access to justice. We are a resource available to all members of society who require information about the law, legal processes, and the administration of justice.
The Legal Information Line provides general information about the law. PLIAN maintains monthly statistics which report on the type and quantity of inquiries in particular areas of law. The data enables us to assess the legal needs for our information sessions and publications.
Through these sessions, PLIAN is able to provide the public with information on particular legal issues. Topics of interest include family law, youth justice issues, will and estates, and other legal topics.
PLIAN aims to educate youth through a variety of methods. Visits to local schools enables PLIAN to disseminate information, to encourage students to learn about the law, and increase awareness of our resources. We have formed partnerships with different high schools and participate in the Canadian Law Course and Career Days. Please contact our offices to arrange a visit to your school.
PLIAN regularly produces publications on many areas of the law. We also publish a newsletter, which focuses on a particular area of the law. PLIAN distributes copies of its publications throughout the province. We have also translated a number of our publications into French, Innu-aimun and Inuktitut in an effort to make them more accessible to Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.
Many of our publications have been amended and the information is available on our website. If you would like a physical copy, please contact our office.